By Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, J. Brooks-Gunn, S. Philip Morgan
This landmark learn lines the lifestyles histories of roughly three hundred teenage moms and their youngsters over a seventeen-year interval. From interview facts and case reviews, it offers a shiny account of the influence of early childbearing on younger moms and their little ones. a few awesome and mind-blowing effects emerge from this certain learn of the longer term variation to early parenthood. It additionally deals new insights into the unexplored connections among moms' careers and the advance in their youngsters. Adolescent moms in Later existence can be a useful source for all these attracted to teenage being pregnant.
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About one grade was attained for every 2 years of schooling attended. Of all the educational attainment that occurred following the birth of the first child, more than half took place in the second segment of the study. High school graduates, pursuing higher education, accounted for a significant proportion of the further schooling. But one woman in six completed high school in the second segment of the study or a third of the young mothers who had not graduated by 1972. 2, which shows the year of completion relative to the timing of the first birth.
Apparently, as sterilization and abortion become more available, the effect of age of childbearing may become less pronounced (St. John, 1982). The rapid tempo of family building among early childbearers is curbed by marital dissolution and the availability of birth control and abortion. In all likelihood, the Baltimore women will bear only about half the number of children that their mothers produced and about the same 40 Adolescent mothers in later life number as all black women in their same birth cohort who have at least one child.
Our attention here is confined to how most women managed to curtail their fertility in the second segment of the study. Did they become more adept at practicing birth control, resort to abortion more frequently, or employ some other strategy of family limitation? Each of these explanations has some bearing on the dramatic reduction of fertility, but two were especially important. First, the greater availability of abortion in the second segment of the study is obviously one reason why our prediction of high lifetime fertility was not borne out.